"The American people seem to sense that it is a moment to stand down and think hard about whether something's amiss in their society"

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Alex Guggenheim's picture

This article operates on the assumption that society is to blame. Much of America, in spite of this, is not reflecting on how American society is responsible but how Lanza and the like are responsible and how to better protect ourselves from those who will always exist to exploit the vulnerabilities of the social trust necessary for a free society.

handerson's picture

we once spent a year in New Zealand doing furlough replacement for a missionary pastor. There, the attitude toward individual responsibility vs. societal responsibility was (to our minds) markedly different from that in the US. Shortly after Katrina hit back in the US and people were blaming the govt, we stumbled across a NZ pamphlet about what to do in case of a tsunami. Synopsis: if you're under water, we are too. Save yourself. Smile

But another everyday example of this attitude was found in the fact that there were very few guardrails along the roadside. To us, it seemed like a dangerous oversight so we asked several Kiwi friends about it. The general consensus: "Why do you need guardrails? Just stay on the road."